- Age Range: 3 - 6 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 1
- Lexile Measure: AD210L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Holiday House (January 15, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0823430537
- ISBN-13: 978-0823430536
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.2 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #929,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Families Hardcover – January 15, 2015
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PreS-Gr 2—In this cheerful exploration of different families. Rotner and Kelly describe all kinds of familial units: those with only one parent or one child, those in which the parents and children resemble one another, those with members of different races, those with same and opposite sex parents, and those with adopted children. Winsome, clear photographs are accompanied by brief, large-font text. This celebration of differences is further enhanced by the inclusion of women in head scarves, a dad in a wheelchair, and multigenerational groupings. The individuals portrayed take part in a variety of activities—making music, building things, playing outdoors, and gardening—and an upbeat theme of unity runs through the entire book. Only one page presents a difficult aspect of family life, with a subtle reference to divorce: two photos of the same group of children sitting on different porches with each parent are accompanied by text that reads, "The people in a family may not all live in the same place." The book invites conversation with the closing question "What about yours?" Extend the discussion with Mary Hoffman's The Great Big Book of Families (Dial, 2011), which includes homeless families and information on family religious practices and customs. VERDICT A great way to introduce the concept of diversity among families.—Marianne Saccardi, Children's Literature Consultant, Greenwich, CT
About the Author
Shelley Rotner brings a depth of experience and knowledge to her books with a diverse background as an elementary school teacher, museum educational specialist and UNICEF photographer. She is an award winning author and photo-illustrator of over twenty books. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Sheila M. Kelly is a clinical psychologist who has collaborated with Shelley Rotner on other books, including Shades of People, which was an ALA Notable Book for Children. A native of Saskatchewan, Canada, she now lives in Austin, Texas.
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Pros: This is truly a celebration of family. Even the dogs in the pictures are smiling. The first page says that the creators hope the book will lead children and their parents to engage in conversation about their families, and this would indeed be the perfect vehicle for that.
Cons: People objecting to certain family configurations will probably not want to share this book with their kids.